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Old 02-08-2013, 03:21 PM   #136
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Day 6 continued

We quickly re-route.






And stop at:


Rounding the lake we stopped again as it offered a hell of a view.






Continuing on:




Notice the backdrop


We enter:


We stop for lunch




And then it's 5th and 6th gear material............






We are zeroing in on Sisters Oregon for the night.






And then arrive late afternoon.




John starts calling around. "is there a hot tub" ?
We check in:




And then slip in:
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:13 PM   #137
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Day 6 Ends

After the hot tub we head for the pool to just kick back. The weather was absolutly perfect. Clear, huge sunshine, 0 humidity (I guess thats an east coast thing ) and temps in the 70's. It was ideal.
We were loving life.




I perform my nightly ritual of the sink wash and dry.


Then we head across the street for dinner. On the way we stop to restock on a few items.





What a great town Sisiters was. We chose to eat outside and watch the local play horseshoes.




After a really enjoyable evening and day of riding, we walk back to the motel and call it a night.
Look at that sky.


NEXT UP:
We penetrate further south into Oregon on the OBCDR
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:26 PM   #138
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Care to comment on your choice of riding gear? Jackets/pants? You guys look ready for all weather conditions but I see John and Bruce chose Klim "in the boot" pants. Surprised given the chance of rain.

Your making me take a second look at the DR 650. Always thought of it as bike that stopped making technological improvements and left to languish on showroom floors. I mean 5-speed tranny, air cooled and carbureted? But yours somehow looks more modern and purposeful. Maybe all your mods brought it into the 21st century. I miss the bottom end torque on my WR250R and ability to haul the mail on the open tarmac. I like especially in the monochromatic dark grey paint scheme. Nice job!

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Old 02-08-2013, 05:53 PM   #139
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Care to comment on your choice of riding gear? Jackets/pants? You guys look ready for all weather conditions but I see John and Bruce chose Klim "in the boot" pants. Surprised given the chance of rain.

Your making me take a second look at the DR 650. Always thought of it as bike that stopped making technological improvements and left to languish on showroom floors. I mean 5-speed tranny, air cooled and carbureted? But yours somehow looks more modern and purposeful. Maybe all your mods brought it into the 21st century. I miss the bottom end torque on my WR250R and ability to haul the mail on the open tarmac. I like especially in the monochromatic dark grey paint scheme. Nice job!
Hey Skip !
Shhh, dont give Bruce any more amunition with the DR

"It's the best bike I ever had"

Seriously though, I love the bike, and you know I had a few. For some reason, this one hits the spot. Its just "easy","simple" and "reliable". Throw a jet kit in the carb and the bike just rips. It has an oil cooler and so it actually stays very cool (source DR thread). I am never looking for another gear even on the open slab as she is geared very good. And they can be hard to find new on the showroom floors after May as Suzuki limits production #'s. Coming off my GSA it feels like a 2 stroke 250 !
I'm really diggin it, and dont have any plans to sell it.

We all had rain gear stashed to go over our riding gear if needed.
It wasn't.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:59 PM   #140
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That's not the OEM taillight on your DR. Is yours off the enduro model? Looks much better.

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Old 02-08-2013, 06:10 PM   #141
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Correct. Procycle sells the tailight kit. Cheap and easy way to remove the television set brake light.


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Old 02-08-2013, 08:33 PM   #142
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Great report Frank. Right up there with the Idaho ride, the first report I read on Adv Rider. Enjoying the pictures. Bemitten needs a set of ADV Designs engine guards for that GSA though Or the new design that Happy Trails just came out with for the GSA.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:10 PM   #143
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Love the DR, have an 07 myself and ride it everywhere. You do a hell of a ride report and fantastic pics to boot! Keep the wheels upside and carry on fellas!
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:34 AM   #144
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Great report DP! Heading to a rider meeting for this summer's adventure around the Heart of the West track from Tony which was inspired by your Forever West ride report. Thanks again.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:39 AM   #145
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Thanks fellas !
Lost Coast is around the corner !


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Old 02-09-2013, 09:34 AM   #146
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Up to now we've been following the WABDR as laid out by Touratech. I think we were hesitant to just follow in someone else's tracks, but the excellent videos by Noren Films really put the hook in us.
Along with the Tracks Touratech provides, we would also use established tracks for the Crown Jewel section of the OBDR. Finally, we tapped Tony Hugel's expert knowledge of California, and as usual, he came through with roads so good, you know you want to come here again before your even done. http://backcountry-byways.blogspot.com/
Our route still had a few holes and I was looking forward to filling them. Getting from Hood River to the start of the Crown Jewels would be my first opertunity.

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Old 02-09-2013, 10:18 AM   #147
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I seen a couple ride reports that followed around the West side of Mt Hood , but the East had a sweet looking dirt stripe that takes you up to the 6,525 peak of Lookout Mountain.
A short distance from Hood River we pick up Surveyors Ridge Rd, and were off asphalt in Oregon. The morning sun is shining through a perfect blue sky, and with the lite at our backs, we have a sureal view of Mt Hood to the West.

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Old 02-09-2013, 11:22 AM   #148
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We continue South on Bennet Pass Rd and are treated to a more technical surface that keeps us entertained as it weaves us back down the ridge line toward Clear Lake, Where we run into a locked gate. A small route adjustment and were back on track at Timothy Lake. We make a lunch stop in Detroit and are in position to pick up section 3 , The Crown Jewels portion of the OBDR, at Hoodoo, Big Lake. Were greeted with the iron colored soil that quickly tuns to a extended set of whoops. Thankfully they are short lived and I breathe a sigh of relief as the road flattens and turns fast. The last miles toward Sisters are fun ones!
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:58 PM   #149
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Time out for shoveling snow, I'll guess.
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:29 PM   #150
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Awesome that you started in Oroville, I grew up there and my parents still live there, sorry about the motel lol

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